Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Vanni District Parliamentarian, Selvam Adaikalanathan, yesterday threatened he would launch a fast-unto-death campaign, if the government failed to provide a solution for the ethnic problem, next year. Speaking during the Committee Stage debate of Budget 2013, which incidentally was also the birthday of LTTE Leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran  Adaikalanathan said even though people voted for him, he could not do anything in return for them and is thus willing to sacrifice his own life to achieve a solution. “I take this opportunity to pay my tribute to those who sacrificed their lives for a cause they believe is worthwhile. Due to the orders issued from A/C rooms, members of the military too had to sacrifice their lives for the country. After all those sacrifices, our people are yet to achieve a lasting solution. I was a militant once, and during that time my life was safer, even though there were times when I was close to death. Therefore, I believe I am living on a bonus given by God and it would be worthwhile if this life would be sacrificed in a bid to find a solution for the problems faced by my people,” he said. He urged the international community led by India and the US to force President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his government to accelerate their effort to find a solution for the ethnic problem within the next year. “The government has a two-thirds majority in Parliament and the President has more powers, thus it rests on the President to resolve this problem. We believe that he can do it. We came to the democratic path with the hope that our problems will be resolved, but it has not been realized yet. Our people do not want development, they want a solution. If they want development they would have surely voted for the government, but they chose us instead,” Adaikalanathan said.]]>

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